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Wording in the introduction to Greek

When you go and select Greek, the first sentence you'll see is that Greek is one of the oldest languages on Earth (an outright lie, but let's skip that). Other sentences also imply that the course teaches, for example, the language in which the Odyssey was written, which is also false. It's a bit stupid to be so misleading as to pretend that with a knowledge of Modern Greek you'll be able to understand Ancient Greek - a subject taught in most Greek schools and hated by many.

2 years ago

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Yes, you are right. But as you go further and further to the Greek tree you can notice that many words in English are coming from Greek. It is a IE languages after all. The alphabet is used in Maths and Physics mainly as symbols so many people are familiar with. If you are religious Christian you could approach the language of the Gospels, Greek Koene, a simplified Ancient Greek version, used as a lingua franca in the Eastern Mediterranean in the times of Jesus Christ.

Xenophon Zolotas, a famous banker and Prime Minister of Greece for a short period in 1990 delivered some speeches to the International Bank in English using Greek words only, and these speeches are very famous to the Greek-English speaking:

(1957)

"«Kyrie, I eulogize the archons of the Panethnic Numismatic Thesaurus and the Ecumenical Trapeza for the orthodoxy of their axioms methods and policies, although there is an episode of cacophony of the Trapeza with Hellas. With enthusiasm we dialogue and syn-agonize at the synods of our didymous Organizations in which polymorphous economic ideas and dogmas are analyzed and synthesized. Our critical problems such as the numismatic plethora generate some agony and melancholy. This phenomenon is characteristic of our epoch. But, to my thesis we have the dynamism to program therapeutic practices as a prophylaxis from chaos and catastrophe. In parallel a pan-ethnic unhypocritical economic synergy and harmonization in a democratic climate is basic. I apologize for my eccentric monologue. I emphasize my eucharistia to your Kyrie to the eugenic and generous American Ethnos and to the organizers and protagonists of this Amphictyony and the gastronomic symposia»....

(1959)

"Kyrie, It is Zeus’ anathema on our epoch for the dynamism of our economies and the heresy of our economic methods and policies that we should agonize the Scylla of numismatic plethora and the Charybdis of economic anemia. It is not my idiosyncrasy to be ironic or sarcastic, but my diagnosis would be that politicians are rather cryptoplethorists. Although they emphatically stigmatize numismatic plethora, they energize it through their tactics and practices. Our policies have to be based more on economic and less on political criteria. Our gnomon has to be a metron between political, strategic and philanthropic scopes. Political magic has always been anti-economic. In an epoch characterized by monopolies, oligopolies, monophonies, monopolistic antagonism and polymorphous inelasticities, our policies have to be more orthological. But this should not be metamorphosed into plethorophobia, which is endemic among academic economists. Numismatic symmetry should not hyper-antagonize economic acme. A greater harmonization between the practices of the economic and numismatic archons is basic. Parallel to this, we have to synchronize and harmonize more and more our economic and numismatic policies panethnically. These scopes are more practicable now, when the prognostics of the political and economic barometer are halcyonic. The history of our didymus organizations in this sphere has been didactic and their gnostic practices will always be a tonic to the polyonymous and idiomorphous ethnical economies. The genesis of the programmed organization will dynamize these policies. Therefore, I sympathize, although not without criticism on one or two themes, with the apostles and the hierarchy of our organs in their zeal to program orthodox economic and numismatic policies, although I have some logomachy with them. I apologize for having tyrannized you with my Hellenic phraseology. In my epilogue, I emphasize my eulogy to the philoxenous autochthons of this cosmopolitan metropolis and my encomium to you, Kyrie, and the stenographers"....

Even these speeches are quite scientific and specialized, they could be understood by his English-speaking audience.

So Greek is not an exotic (Greek word) and strange language.

Ancient Greek are not taught the right way, that why, I think, is hated by many. It is a consistent, "strong" language, capable to express almost all human thoughts, even the deeper ones in Philosophy as she really did.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HistoryCulture

True!

/\/\/ This!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anehybridmars

true dat

2 years ago
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